October 25, 2012

Behind the Scene: Max's Taphouse

I've been going to MAXS for years. This past Saturday, during our event for Baltimore Beer Week, I got the behind the scenes tour of Charm City's mega-tap.

Before you enter the offices- there's mug shots of Jane Fonda, Woody Harrelson, and Suzanne Somers.
Apparently Mr. Harrelson has been by a few times- and took his last time he was there.

They found a creative way to recycle bar mats- this is the walkway on the roof -from one side of the building to the other. Max's actually takes up 5 addresses!

They have 102 lines total. They clean them every week. Cellarman Casey Hard takes it VERY seriously
Here's a peak at the cooler.

One of Max's operating partners, Michael Metcalf came on board about 4 years ago. Next time you visit- take note of all the awesome three-dimensional "beer art" -that it's his craftsmanship! Some of the stuff is so unique it makes you want to commission him to create something for your house. Like he has the time.

A great time to head down is during the 3rd weekend of February when they do their "72 Hour Belgian Fest." They also do a German one every September. The Amtrak down there is a mere one hours and 8 minutes.

I love Baltimore. You've got Brian Strumke's "Of Love and Regret" now open, which is actually managed by a great couple that used to live by Allagash and moved down to do so. Also on Brewer's Hill, you will find Hudson St. Stackhouse. Within walking distance- is the classic craft beer bar, Mahaffey's. There's Metropolitan on Federal Hill- coffee shop by day, beer bar at night with one killer French Dip sandwich.
Brewer's Art is amazing on every level. The Owl Bar at the Belvedere hotel is also a must hit 1/2 a block away in the historic Mt. Vernon area. there's the Pratt St. Ale House pouring Oliver's awesome cask beers.
There's a great crab cake at Tod Connors, There's One-Eyed Mikes, where we belong to a Grand Marnier club since 2008. Then there's Miss Shirleys with her Fried Green tomato benedict- which you will need after all that Grand Marnier. And there's so many more Abbey Burger Bistro, Thames St Oyster House, and the legendary Johns Stevens.

If you ever go- shoot me an email- and I will be happy to send you some recommendations.

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